SB 1234

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


John Whitmire

Bill Caption

Relating to the establishment of progressive sanctions for students who fail to attend school and to the repeal of the offenses of failure to attend school and parent contributing to nonattendance.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 1234 seeks to reduce the exposure of children to the criminal justice system. This bill would clarify that completing a high school equivalency exam prevents an individual from being charged with truancy. This bill would require courts to employ a case manager for juvenile offenders. This bill would make the Class C misdemeanor offense of truancy punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, $300 for a third offense, $400 for a fourth offense, or $500 for a fifth or subsequent offense. This bill would allow a school district to issue a warning letter to the family of the absent child.

Analysis: SB 1234 contains some sensible provisions for dealing with truancy. However, this legislation neither uplifts nor offends our liberty principles. We are neutral on SB 1234.